Einstein's Masterwork

Einstein's Masterwork

by John Gribbin

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In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his masterwork to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, a theory of gravity, matter, space and time: the General Theory of Relativity. Einstein himself said it was “the most valuable theory of my life,” and “of incomparable beauty.” It describes the evolution of the universe, black holes, the behavior of orbiting neutron stars, and why clocks run slower on the surface of the earth than in space. It even suggests the possibility of time travel.And yet when we think of Einstein's breakthrough year, we think instead of 1905, the year of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and his equation E=mc2, as his annus mirabilis, even though the Special Theory has a narrower focus.Today the General Theory is overshadowed by these achievements, regarded as "too difficult" for ordinary mortals to comprehend. In Einstein's Masterwork, John Gribbin puts Einstein's astonishing breakthrough in the context of his life and work, and makes it clear why his greatest year was indeed 1915 and his General Theory his true masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772653
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Gribbin, Ph.D., trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge before becoming a full-time science writer. His books include the highly acclaimed In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, The First Chimpanzee, In Search of the Big Bang, In the Beginning, In Search of the Edge of Time, In Search of the Double Helix, The Stuff of the Universe (with Martin Rees), Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science, and Einstein: A Life in Science (with Michael White). He lives in East Sussex with his wife and two sons.
John Gribbin, Ph.D., trained as an astrophysicist at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed In Search of Schrödinger's Cat, and the co-author of Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science. He lives in East Sussex with his wife and two sons.

Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Introduction xi

1 In the Beginning 1

Early life; Breaking free; Einstein and the Poly; Rejection; Rescue

2 The Annus Mirabilis 45

The doctoral thesis; Jiggling atoms; Particles of light; The special one

3 The Long and Winding Road 113

The geometry of relativity; Moving on; In the shadow of a giant; On the move; First steps; What Einstein should have known; The masterwork

4 Legacy 155

Black holes and timewarps; Beyond reasonable doubt; Making waves; The Universe at large

5 The Icon of Science 185

Personal problems; Fame; A last quantum hurrah; Exile; Spooky action at a distance; The final years

Further Reading 209

Endnotes 213

Index 217

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